Power survives late outage to escape with tight win
A three-syllable word Bay Power's must learn if they are to break their premiership curse this year.
The Urangan club, which started the season with four-straight wins but fell heavily in their last games, should have beaten defending premiers Across The Waves comfortably.
The Power held a 38-point lead at the last break, but were kept scoreless as ATW powered home.
Power captain Josh Wheeler conceded his side would have suffered an embarrassing loss had there been a few more minutes.
"We heard the callout of four minutes to go so I told the boys to settle it but we tried to play like it was the first quarter and we're 10 goals down,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler was his dominant self. He followed the ball around the park and earned three goals, the most of any Power players.
But the memory of last week's 77-point shellacking at the hands of Hervey Bay Bombers still burned.
"It was good to come out strong and it makes up for the last few weeks,” he said.
"Last week was embarrassing to be honest.
"It was the worst loss I've been part of up here and probably the worst loss I've been part of in my last 10 years of A-grade.
"We'll just build on (Saturday's performance) after the rep round.”
Power coach Michael Gay praised Glenn Krohn, Broch Harch, Ben Ottery and Dan Goodwin, but he grew a few extra grey hairs courtesy of the dying moments.
"We got out of jail today but we have to learn what we need to be doing at clutch moments in games,” Gay said. "It's just not game awareness. We talk about stuff during the breaks but they're just not doing it.
"It's staying focused for 20 minutes per quarter and concentrating on what we need to be doing.”
The rep round means the competition will now take a one-week hiatus..
The Power then travel to Bundaberg to take on the Brothers Bulldogs, who lost their first game of the season against the Bombers.
BAY POWER 7.11-53 (J. Wheeler 3, K. Bugeja, D. McGreevy, T. Krohn, B. Williams goals) def ACROSS THE WAVES 6.12-48 (J. Trotter 2, K. Wagstaff 2, R. Paterson, P. Power goals) at Keith Dunne Oval, Urangan.